I've switched RaymondCamden.com to Netlify
The title pretty much says it all. Since switching from WordPress early in 2015, I’ve been using Surge as my web host for raymondcamden.com. Outside of a few hiccups, this has worked well. (And even when their were hiccups, it wasn’t on me to fix!) I want to thank the folks at Surge for their consistent support and for providing a cool as hell service.
There’s more, and I go a bit deeper in the book, but you can read for yourself on their features page. You can find pricing information as well. For folks curious, I’m on the “Pro” level but I’ve been granted a free open source license.
So how am I using Netlify? I’ve set up my site such that it is connected to my GitHub repo at https://github.com/cfjedimaster/raymondcamdendotcom . You can integrate with a Git repo two ways - either to just use the files as is - or to have Netlify actually build it for you. So basically - I write my post (like this one), update my Git repo, and in two to three minutes, my update is live. It was taking about ten minutes for Surge so that’s a great speed improvement.
I did have to tweak my layout a bit. Previously my layout included a right hand bar of recent posts, categories, and tags. This was dynamic based on my content. I’ve switched this to an empty div that is loaded in via Ajax. So now when I write a new post, the only files updated are that sidebar file, the home page, and a few pages for the minimal pagination I support.
If anyone has any questions about my setup, just leave me a comment below!
I want to thank Netlify again for helping sponsor this blog with a free license and for all their support the last few days as I migrated.